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Miami artist's work selected for Columbus' Long Street Bridge "Cultural Wall"
The bridge, scheduled to be completed in fall 2013, connects the I-71 overpass to the downtown area on the Near East side of Columbus known as the King-Lincoln area. The mural on the bridge will showcase the history and culture of the predominately African American area when the city was segregated.
ODOT accepted artists’ proposals for the project last spring, considering only artists who have a connection to the Near East side. An advisory panel of Near East Side residents, artists and others guided the final selection of Collins and Kamau.
Collins received his bachelor’s degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design and his MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Prior to joining Miami he taught at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Among his notable works is a series of linoleum block prints depicting black artists such as Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Billie Holiday.
View a video interview with Collins (from Columbus Crossroads Presents).